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Welcome to the official website of the North Carolina Desert Conference of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc. 

DoD Cooke

The North Carolina Desert Conference of North Carolina consists of 19 Temples and 16 Courts strategically located across the state in both major cities and rural areas to better serve the communities in which we live. The Nobles and Daughters of North Carolina have faithfully served communities across our state for more than a century and we continue to diligently work to ensure our time-honored organization flourishes far into the future and have a direct impact on social matters.

Some of our activities across the State of North Carolina include youth mentoring, supplying food to shelters, family adoptions during Thanksgivings and Christmas seasons, toy give-a-ways, etc. In some of our cities, we have collaborated with other charitable organizations such as the local NAACP chapter, Churches, Safe Houses, and Schools. This collaboration has greatly enhanced the delivery of benevolence to needy families and at-risk youths.


The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc. was established on June 3, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. We are a now a Worldwide Fraternal Organization with approximately 35,000 members throughout the Continental United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Guam, Thailand, Panama, and the Bahamas in approximately 250 Shrine Temples for men and 220 Courts for women. The Women’s Auxiliary known as the Imperial Court has local Courts in many of the same localities as the men.

We are primarily a benevolent, charitable and fraternal organization with four philanthropic projects where all constituent Temples and Courts participate. Our national charitable initiatives are Diabetes prevention and awareness, Student Aid, Shriners as Mentors, Voters Education/Registration, NAACP Legal Fund, The Urban League, The United Negro College Fund and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through these projects, we donate thousands toward diabetes medical research, educational grants/scholarships, and voter registration/education.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our home on the World Wide Web. We hope you enjoyed your visit and found the content informative and entertaining. We solicit your support to enable us to increase our benevolent endeavors and if you need additional information about our organization, please contact any member listed herein for assistance.

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Peace Be Unto You,


Noble William A. Cooke

Imperial Deputy of the Desert of North Carolina



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Who Are We?

The Desert of North Carolina of Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine North & South America and it's Jurisdictions, Inc. is one of the largest Deserts in the Order. Our focus is to elevate through meaningful growth in membership, great works in our communities, service, charity, and education.


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Official Documents

  • 2020 Ozzie Murphy, Sr. Educational Scholarship Application COMING 2020

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